ROCK MY SOUL II (Stockholm) Opens today! Curated by Sir Isaac Julien, Presented by Eva Livijn with Ulrika Flink
I want to share some of my most recent works and exhibitions that are close to seeing light or have already done so. Work that has been in the making for months that are now ready to be shared with you.
I hope this finds you all in good health and hope you enjoy the read. ☺️
ROCK MY SOUL II (Stockholm)
Curated by Sir Isaac Julien
Presented by Eva Livijn
with Ulrika Flink
The exhibition draws inspiration from the late eminent black feminist scholar and writer bell hooks whose seminal book Rock My Soulsearches for the element of black self-esteem in representing a body politic, both culturally and politically. This exhibition's purpose is mainly centred on an open discussion. ROCK MY SOUL II (Stockholm is a rare chance to catch works by artists of the African diaspora, showcasing a selection of women/nonbinary artists that both work with and try to ease, and fight against the hegemonic struggle. Rock My Soul premiered at Victoria Miro, London in 2019.
ROCK MY SOUL II (Stockholm) is curated by artist Sir Isaac Julien and will be presented in the home of gallerist Eva Livijn on Karlaplan 14, between September 28 and November 27, 2022.
It is a huge honor for me to be part of this unique exhibition, which opens today!
Please drop by if in Stockholm.
September 28, Wednesday Opening 17:00 – 00:00
September 29, Thursday 17:00 - 20:00
September 30, Friday 17:00 - 20:00
October 1, Saturday 13:00 - 17:00
October 2, Sunday 13:00 - 16:00
October 3 – November 27 / Open by appointment.
As part of the exhibition ROCK MY SOUL II (Stockholm) I will be giving an artist talk followed by a conversation with Pierre Guillet de Monthoux at Stockholm School of Economics on September 28 from 12-13. Join us in the newly opened Yinka Shonibare Room. You can find more information and dates on the following link: Rock My Soul II
'Dimension of future'
Dimension of Future is a duo exhibition with two locations; Firstly in Atelierhaus in Anscharpark, Kiel, DE and secondly in Det Fynske Kunstakademi, Odense Municipality, DK.
Please join us for the opening of the second part of Dimension of Future in Odense, Denmark on Friday September 30 from 6pm - 8pm.
First part of this duo exhibition opened in Kiel, DE, in Kunstverein Haus 8 last Saturday.
Dimension of Future is initiated by Perspektiv Region, who's aim is to question the significance of national borders in terms of identity and belonging.
Perspektiv region, a project that reflects on the future design of life in the Danish-German border region, has initiated a program to connects through the Danish/German borders through art. For this exhibition, curator Heike Stockhaus has invited both Thomas Kilpper and me to participate in developing new questions on the significance of national borders in terms of identity and belonging. We have proposed to rethink collective cohabitation beyond traditional border spaces.
Kiel: Kunstverein Haus 8 / Studio Building in Anscharpark Heiligendammer Straße 15
09.25 → 30.10.2022 Odense: Funen Academy of Art Jernbanegade 13, 5000 Odense 01.10 → 06.11.2022 Both exhibitions in Kiel And Odense run parallel.
The exhibition fee remains free of charge.
We’re Magic. We’re Real #3
'From Sunset to Sunrise'
Commission work for the Autograph Collection, UK
Supported by the Art Fund, Autograph has commissioned interdisciplinary artists Jeannette Ehlers, Sasha Huber and Mónica de Miranda to create new work responding to an open-ended brief emphasising the experience of Afrodiasporic communities in Europe, identity formations and migration, freedom of movement, and ideas of care during the Covid-19 pandemic and post-Brexit.
My ongoing practice entails the in-depth exploration of hair as an essential medium of both identity and colonial resistance. Through these images, I have been able to explore powerful means of expression of Pan-African identity and touch on subjects that are of importance in my practice.
The title is inspired from Jesse William's 2016 BET Awards speech on Black life and police brutality. During this speech, J. Williams ended with the words 'just because we are magic, does not mean we are not real'.
Alongside the commission, Autograph invited curator Karen Alexander to produce a short essay responding to the work, published alongside an in-conversation with the artist and Autograph’s senior curator Renée Mussai.
I am very grateful for this amazing collaboration with Autograph, Karen Alexander and the wonderful team of co- performers; Julienne Doko, Trine Drechsler, Wanjiku Victoria Seest and Mai Takawira and photographer Christian Brems.
ATLANTIKUMI - Jessie Kleemann, Jeannette Ehlers & Pia Arke
Exhibition 24 September 2022 → 29. January 2023
Atlantikumi is Greenlandic and means In the Atlantic Ocean. In the exhibition, artworks are shown by Jessie Kleemann, Jeannette Ehlers, and Pia Arke, three artists who in each way have dealt with colonial history on a personal and corporeally level. In their work, the private history and the colonial history, are inextricably bound together: There are threads pulled from Greenland to Denmark, and from Denmark to the Caribbean, across the Atlantic Ocean.
The exhibition was born at the Nuuk Art Museum and has now once again crossed the Atlantic.
1401 København K
A GATEWAY TO POSSIBLE WORLDS
Curated by Alexandra Müller
05. 11. 2022 → 10. 04. 2023
So excited about the upcoming group show Gateway To Possible Worlds at Pompidou Metz!
This large exhibition gathers works from the late 1960s to the present day. A Gateway To Possible Worlds brings together over 200 works touching upon the art and imaginary worlds. It builds on current demands for 21st-century utopias to spark debate, inspiration and a form of hope.
Fiction creates a place where anything is possible: not only does it change our vision of the future, but our imagination builds it. The exhibition gives the floor to writers, artists, architects and directors with over 150 artworks and presents fiction as a study of reality.
My video work Black Bullets will be on display.
1 parvis des Droits de l'Homme,
Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today
Nov 19, 2022 - Apr 23, 2023
Also upcoming is the major group show in the United States; Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today.
The exhibition envisions a new approach to contemporary art in the Caribbean diaspora, foregrounding forms that reveal new modes of thinking about identity and place. Forecast Form argues that the Caribbean is constituted by diaspora and movement, featuring artists whose work challenges traditional assumptions of Caribbean culture and its representation. A rethinking of contemporary art in the Caribbean, Forecast Form positions the region as a place where the past, the present, and the future meet—where continuous exchanges forecast what is to come while remaining grounded in the histories that shape the present.
I am delighted that Black Bullets is also included in this show curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates.